FINALLY: Cyclone-damaged coast highway re-opens today
ONE of the most challenging engineering projects in the history of Livingstone Shire ends this afternoon when Scenic Highway at Statue Bay reopens to traffic, weather permitting.
The road has been closed since February 2015 following damage caused by Cyclone Marcia.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said yesterday the extensive and complex operation marked a major milestone for the Capricorn Coast community and would ensure long-term stability at the site to withstand extreme weather events in the future.
"I must commend the continued patience of residents and motorists during this massive infrastructure rebuilding project,'' Cr Ludwig said.
"It has been greatly appreciated and council is extremely pleased to have the Scenic Highway reopening to traffic.
"This is a momentous day for the local community and the region in our long-term recovery from the devastating impact of Cyclone Marcia in 2015.
"Council would also like to once again acknowledge the efforts of its key staff, subcontractors and suppliers in achieving the construction program.
"It was imperative for council to complete eligible works by June 30 to meet the requirements of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, and expectations were exceeded in that regard despite the added challenges of significant wet weather events.''
Council completed the remaining construction works this week, following the decision for council to undertake and oversee completion of the project from March this year.
The most recent progress has included final construction of both the upslope and downslope works, the completion of the block revetment wall and stabilised road embankment including the road pavement, along with installation of all of the soil nails and shotcrete on the cliff face.
The road has had its final seal coat applied this week while the concrete footpath, balustrade fencing, road line-marking, guardrail and concrete-lined drain were also completed.
Eligible works are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
The final cost of repairing the highway was not available yesterday but in 2015 it was estimated at $23 million.